Complete Book Of Edible Landscaping: Home Landscaping Paperback – Aug 7 2002
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From the Back Cover
"Knowledge, appealing text... [and] glowing illustrations should make readers confirmed believers in the benefits of homegrown foods... This is an unusually rewarding how-to, full of practical advice for beginning and experienced gardeners."
----- Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Rosalind Creasy lives in Los Altos, California, where she also a partner in a landscaping consultant firm. She has lectured and taught on environmentally sound landscaping at many Bay Area colleges, including the Farallones Institute, as well as San Francisco's Strybing Arboretum. Ms. Creasy has served as a consultant to the California State Water Resources Board on drought-tolerant landscaping, and has worked as a landscape designer and consultant since 1973. She is the author and co-author of several articles in her field.
Top Customer Reviews
Secondly, in the suggestions on building planters, and retaining walls, the author fails to note the potential dangers of CCA treated lumber (now being phased out) and railroad ties treated with creosote.
Lastly, more color illustrations would have been nice. Those that are there are very good. The b&w drawings are nice, but not as good as photos.
Those criticisms out of the way, the book is excellent. The first few chapters provide the rationale for edible landscaping, then introduces the principles of landscaping, giving numerous examples of applying different themes to different climates. The chapters on techniques, especially in relation to trees (the basics of pruning, and plenty of advice on espaliering) are particularly good. An entire chapter is devoted to identifying insects and dealing with the undesirables.
The second half of the book is a plant encylopedia. Handy to have in one volume, but if you already have a good plant encyclopedia, it is probably redundant.
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